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Battery F, 1st PA. Light Artillery Writes from the Battlefield of Antietam

1st Sergeant William H. Trump (Donald’s great, great grandfather?!) writes from “Camp near Sharpsburg, Oct. 10th, 1862”. 

 

“YOU SPOKE OF THE CORNFIELD THAT IS THE PLACE WE WORKED

OUR BATTERY FOR FOUR LONG HOURS AND THE PLACE IS MARKED

WITH PILES OF OUR DEAD HORSES & MEN.  THE BATTLE WILL LONG

BE REMEMBERED BY THOSE WHO PARTICIPATED IN IT.”

 

The letter is four pages, written in nice dark ink and is in very good condition with minor staining. 

 
                                                                                                                Camp near Sharpsburg 
                                                                                                                                    Oct. 10, 1862

Mr. Creveling,

        I rec’d your kind letter of the 1st on the 9th.  Pleased to hear from you once
more.  Also that you are well.  I am well, I feel sorry that you did not come to see me
when you was so close.  The Penn. Rsv. Corps is not more than one half mile from
where we lay when you was there.  I was over and they informed me that you had
been there, and you had left for the Ferry.  You mentioned in your letter concerning
Brocking we heard from him, I am glad that he is released, he is a good soldier and
a Gentleman.  As for my escapes on the field is truly a wonder on that memorable
17th the chances for escapes was few.  In the position that we occupied, you spoke of
the corn field, that is the place, where we worked our Battery for four long hours
and the place is marked with piles of our dead horses & men.   The Battle will long
be remembered by those who participated in it.

                    I must tell you a little about the Militia, the citizens of MD. say that the
Militia done them more harm than the whole Union army has since this war began. 
But you must not think that I wish to show you, because you came with them.  The
Baltimore Papers says that how the 2nd Regt. was ordered forward at Williamsport
the mortality became so great that when they arrived there and stacked arms, only
200 muskets out of 780 could be found.  I suppose have they crossed the Potomac
they would have all been lost, but I cannot blame them as they did not enlist to leave
the state they could not be expected to go as men who enlisted for the war. 

                    You hope that the war will soon be over.  I hope so too but I fear the time
will be very long until you can see us home and the war settled.  You should have
enlisted for the war at least some of the five you mentioned that came to defend the
battery.  We need men to man our Battery we have only enough left to man two guns
out of six and the men must be had and the old companies filled out soon for I fear
that we are trifling too much time away until it will be late and the union not
preserved.

                I thank you for sending me the stamps for they came you see when pay day
is so long coming.  Give my best respects to your family and all the rest of your
friends and mine.  And write soon and tell me all the good news.

                                               
                                                                                        
From your friend,

                                                                                                                Wm. H. Trump

 
I lost that pretty little book you sent me and my knapsack and all my clothing as
the battle of bull run. 

What price can you send me a good pair of boots, calf leather soles and liner?

 


If you are a collector of the 1st Pennsylvania Light Artillery, you will not want to miss out on this great letter!  Also, a choice one for the Antietam collector with its mention of the famous “cornfield”! 

 

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